Mandela bus lane trial on
Motorists are being put on the alert that there will be traffic changes along the Mandela Highway today as the transport ministry conducts a dry run for a bus lane along the dual carriageway.
The ministry says between 6 and 9 a.m. today the lane heading into Spanish Town will be converted to two-way traffic.
The dry run is for one day only, and is being undertaken during the morning peak hours, after which normal traffic operations will resume.
The transport ministry says today’s dry run comes ahead of a bus lane trial by the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).
The three-month trial, which will get underway on November 1, will see the JUTC buses travelling along the Nelson Mandela Highway corridor using a designated bus lane.
During the three months, the lane heading into Spanish Town will be converted to two-way traffic from Caymanas Bay to the Plantation Heights entrance from 6-9 a.m. on weekdays.
And the lane heading into Kingston will be turned into a dual carriageway from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The operation will be supervised jointly by the National Works Agency, the Transport Authority, the Police Traffic Division and the JUTC.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Radcliffe Lewis, says the additional lane measure is expected to ease traffic congestion with the removal of the buses from the rush hour grid.
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